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Akbar and Birbal

Akbar and Birbal
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Item Code: IDG562
Author: AMITA SARIN
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0143334948
Pages: 169
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.7" X 5.1"

About the Book:

The tales of Akbar and Birbal have been passed on from generation to generation, enthralling young and old listeners alike. This book brings together a selection of these stories, along with fascinating historical detail about the Mughal court, the emperor and his witty courtier.

From the time that a chance meeting in the forest brought Akbar and Birbal face-to-face, the emperor and his minister together faced dilemmas that ranged from the ethical to the personal, from debates on the true nature of justice to the problems of hen-packed husbands. An old window is robbed of her bag of gold and Birbal nails the culprit. A thief runs away with the emperor's royal seal but gives Akbar a surprise later. Birbal manages a miraculous escape when envious courtiers conspire to have him killed. The king asks his ministers how many crows there are in the city, and only Birbal has the answer.

With well-researched introductions to each aspect of Mughal Life, Amita Sarin recreates Akbar's court in all its grandeur and vitality. The stories in this collection are both amusing and thought-provoking, both historical and timeless.

About the Author:

Amita Vohra Sarin was born in Mumbai and grew up in New Delhi, where she obtained her master's degree from Delhi University. She currently teaches college courses in Indian art and architectural history in the Washington DC area, where she has lived for over thirty years.

Her first book for children, India: An Ancient Land, A New Nation, was published in USA in 1984. She has written widely on Indian History and culture.

CONTENTS

author's note
ix
introduction
xi
HOW BIRBAL CAME OT AKBAR'S COURT
A meeting in the forest
5
The dishonest gatekeeper
9
THE PILLAR OF JUSTICE
The tree witness
20
Whose money it it?
24
The widow and the dishonest brahmin
27
The magic sticks
32
THE KING AND HIS PEOPLE
The emperor's disguise
40
The golden touch
45
The palms of their hands
48
The obedient husbands
50
MATTERS OF FAITH
The holy man
59
The holy name of rama
62
IN THE DURBAR
Mother tongue
70
A long story
73
The five greatest fools in agra
76
The perfect portrait
84
The flatterer
87
IN THE FAMILY
Appeasing the begum
98
The powers of children
103
A suitable punishment
107
THE KING'S AMBASSADOR
Who is the real shah?
113
Birbal travels to burma
115
THE FRIENDSHIP OF AKBAR AND BIRBAL
Birbal and the mad elephant
128
The crows of agra
130
Long live the king
133
Birbal goes to heaven
137
bibliography
142

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